Loft Mentor Series Reading With Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

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The Loft Literary Center Proudly Presents a 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series Reading with mentor Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and participants Chavonn Shen and Mike Valenti.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is an American Book Award winning poet and the author of Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, and Burn, as well as a memoir, Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer. She is the editor of anthologies Sing: Poetry of Indigenous Americas, Effigies, and Effigies II. Currently, she serves as Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Hedge Coke came of age working fields, factories, and waters and is currently at work on a film, Red Dust: Native Resiliency in the Dirty Thirties, chronicling mixed-blood and Native life.

Chavonn Williams Shen is an educator and artist with a love of words. A South Minneapolis native, she continues to live in the city with her husband. She is a self-identified world traveler, and dreams of going to every inhabitable continent. She is a graduate of Carleton College and hopes to one day go to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in creative writing. A passionate person, she hopes to use her many identities to advocate for the marginalized through her work.

Michele Valenti grew up in Lexington Massachusetts. He earned a BFA from Roger Williams University and an MFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Until recently, he wrote for the Isanti-Chisago County Star and the Braham Journal. His work has been published by Weber: The Contemporary West and accepted to the 2012 Bread Loaf/Orion Environmental Writer’s Conference. His writing focuses on the peculiar power of a natural environment to shape identity, strengthen bonds, and to hold our collective memories. These themes are at the heart of his current project, a novel set in Teddy Roosevelt National Park and the Bakken shale formation. He lives in Cambridge Minnesota with his wife CJ. You can read more of his work at:

Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft's costs to host the event. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).
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By: The Loft Literary Center

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